2017 NFL DRAFT

Kyle Murphy, OT

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: San Clemente, CA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 305 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
123123-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

While Heisman finalist Christian McCaffrey and senior quarterback Kevin Hogan may have earned most of the attention for the Cardinal, scouts recognize that Stanford's productive offense begins up front, with Murphy a star in his own right.

Murphy is simply the latest in a long line of Stanford offensive linemen with bright NFL futures. He leaves with appearances in 54 games over his career, earning second team All-Pac-12 honors at right tackle as a junior and first team accolades at left tackle as a senior.

Despite the impressive track record Murphy opted to compete at the Senior Bowl, switching back to the right side. The switch back - and Murphy's lack of elite athleticism - left him struggling a bit during one-on-ones but ultimately faring better during the more important scrimmages and game, itself.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Murphy sports a prototypical build for an NFL tackle with broad shoulders, long arms and a relatively trim middle. He anticipates the snap, rather than waiting for it, often getting a slight advantage over defenders (but also risking a false-start penalty) and overall showing impressive initial quickness, including on cut-blocks.

Murphy's quick start and length make him a formidable opponent in pass protection. He slides well laterally and is alert to stunts and blitzes, getting a strong shove on one defender before switching off to another. While quick enough to get to the second level as a run blocker, Murphy can get off-balance when attempting to change direction.

He is very effective, on the other hand, as a drive blocker, showing surprising flexibility to get under the pads of opponents and impressive leg drive to consistently move the pile.

Good bloodlines. His brother, Kevin, was a standout tackle at Harvard who spent time with the Minnesota Vikings.

WEAKNESSES: While possessing good initial quickness, Murphy isn't an elite athlete and will almost certainly be asked to move back to right tackle or perhaps even inside to guard.

He's quick enough for traps but once defenders cross his face, Murphy lacks recovery speed and the flexibility to change directions quickly, resorting to reaching out and latching onto defenders.

Has a bad habit of relying on his length and strength to control opponents, failing to keep his feet sliding on contact. Too often this occurs when he's run blocking at the second level, where he shows impressive burst to get there initially only to watch linebackers slip by him.

IN OUR VIEW: There is a lot to like about Murphy's game as he's quick, powerful, durable and tough. With some of Stanford's past standouts struggling to duplicate their success in the NFL, there is reason to be cautious about Murphy, however, especially given that his best season - 2015 - came with the Outland Trophy winning Joshua Garnett flanking him at left guard, a mobile senior quarterback in Kevin Hogan and Heisman finalist Christian McCaffrey making everyone at Stanford look good.

--Rob Rang (@RobRang) (2/6/16)

 
 
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